Urban Meyer Quietly Joins Board of Ohio State NIL Nonprofit
After being fired from his head coaching position with the Jacksonville Jaguars in December of 2021, Urban Meyer has returned to Columbus, Ohio, and the Buckeyes as a board member with "THE Foundation," a nonprofit organization focused on securing name, image and likeness deals for Ohio State athletes.
The nonprofit depends on the donations from the OSU fanbase and will serve by matching Buckeye athletes, across football and men's basketball currently, to charitable organizations and causes for sponsorship.
THE Foundation, formed in 2022 by former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones and athletics booster Brian Schottenstein, is scheduled to start operation on March 31, in time for the Buckeyes' spring game.
According to Joey Kaufman of The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State has reported its student-athletes making a total of $2.98 million through name, image and likeness deals as of January 2022.
Meyer is less than 4 months separated from his tumultuous tenure and highly-public firing from the Jaguars after just 11 months of time at the position. His NFL head coaching career, similar to his time in college, repeatedly saw his name in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Around his firing, Jacksonville placekicker Josh Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times that Meyer had kicked him in the leg during a preseason practice, saying, "Make your f---ing kicks."
After the Jaguars started the season 0-4 with a loss in Cincinnati, Meyer was caught on video dancing with college-aged women in his creatively-named personal bar and grill Urban Meyer's Pint House, forgoing the team's trip back to Jacksonville for a weekend getaway in Ohio. In 2021, the Meyer-led Jaguars were 2-11 prior to his departure and finished the season 3-14 under interim coach Darrell Bevell.
His time with Ohio State wasn't without scandal either, however, as he was placed on administrative leave and a three-game suspension in 2018 for failing to notify OSU of allegations of domestic abuse against assistant coach Zach Smith.
Meyer won a national title in 2014 as a head coach of the Buckeyes and secured the BIG 10 championship in three of his six years in Columbus, but retired for "health and family reasons," at the season's conclusion.
Meyer has stayed relatively quiet since leaving the Jaguars, and while the move with OSU's NIL nonprofit wasn't exactly kept private, it was certainly underreported for the amount of controversy he's been in for the last 12 months.